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On Some New Infinitary Logics . . . and (their) Model Theory SLALM – Concepción, Chile 12/19

Integral del silencio. Roberto Matta.

On Some New Infinitary Logics . . . and (their) Model Theory

(A lecture during the Latin American Symposium of Mathematical Logic, Concepción, Chile, December 2019.)

Abstract: The first logic (called L^1_\kappa for \kappa a singular strong limit cardinal) I will speak about was introduced by Saharon Shelah in 2012. The logic L^1_\kappa has many properties that make it very well adapted to model theory, despite being stronger thanL_{\kappa,\omega}. However, it also lacks a good syntactic definition.
With Väänänen, we introduced the second logic (called L^{1,c}_\kappa,) as a variant of L^1\kappa with a transparent syntax and many of the strong properties of Shelah’s logic. The third logic (called Chain Logic), while not new (it is due to Karp), has been revisited recently by Dzamonja and Väänänen) also in relation to Shelah’s L^1_\kappa and the Interpolation property.

I will provide a description of these three logics, with emphasis on their relevance to model theory.

Some New Infinitary Logics and a Canonical Tree – New York, 11/19

A lecture for the CUNY Graduate Center’s Model Theory Seminar.

Abstract: The main recent logic I will describe is Shelah’s infinitary logic L^1_\kappa (from 2012). I will describe some of the reasons for studying this logic (roughly, it is an infinitary logic that has interpolation and a weak form of compactness – therefore particularly well-adapted to model theory, as well as closure under chains) and some of the features lacking (mostly, a workable syntax). I will describe two other logics that have been created in order to capture better the syntax (one of these logics is my joint work with Väänänen, the other one is due originally to Karp and Cunningham and has recently been connected to L^1_\kappa by Dzamonja and Väänänen. Finally I will connect these logics with the problem of axiomatizing abstract elementary classes. In particular, I will describe canonical trees of models that enables one to build a sentence to test models for membership into aecs. This last part is joint work with Shelah.